Minecraft Nether Update 1.16 patch notes: Netherite, new biomes, mobs

Published: 23/Jun/2020 12:03

by Matt Porter


After months of waiting, one of the biggest updates in the history of Minecraft launches today on Tuesday, June 23, making massive changes to the Nether realm by introducing new biomes and a brand-new material to the Java, Bedrock, and console versions with the Minecraft Nether Update.

Minecraft players have become well accustomed to the Nether realm since it was first added to the game back in October 2010 while the game was still in alpha, and while Mojang have continued to make alterations to the fiery and dangerous dimension, they’ve never made sweeping changes quite like the 1.16 patch brings.

With so many changes, it can be tough to wrap your head around everything that will be included in the update, but we have everything you need to know to get you started and help you on the way as you explore the new and improved Nether.


For many, the biggest addition in the 1.16 update is Netherite, a brand-new material that can only be found in the Nether. Netherite becomes the strongest material in Minecraft with its introduction, but it’s also rarer than diamond, so finding it won’t be a simple task.

Players will need to mine between the levels of Y11-16 just like diamond, and find Ancient Debris blocks. Once you’ve got those, you’ll need to smelt them to create Netherite Scraps, and use four of those plus four gold ingots to make just one Netherite ingot. Don’t worry if this seems confusing though, as we’ve got a full guide to walk you through the process of creating and crafting with Netherite.

Minecraft character wearing Netherite armor.
Netherite is more durable than diamond, and won’t burn when thrown in fire or lava.

Hoglins and Piglins

Alongside the new material, there are also two new mobs called Hoglins and Piglins. Hoglins are a massive creatures who are naturally hostile to players, but can be a food source as they drop pork when killed.

Piglins are the direct replacement for Zombie Pigman, who exit the game after almost a decade. Piglins are also hostile mobs, but wearing gold armor will stop them from attacking you, and you can even trade gold with them.

Two Minecraft Hoglin in the Nether.
Hoglin’s are hostile creatures that will attack players.

Nether Biomes

Three new biomes have been added to the game in the Minecraft Nether Update: Warped Forests, Crimson Forests, and Soul Sand Valleys. Warped Forests are the safest part of the Nether as Hoglins are afraid of Warped Fungi, choosing to stay in Crimson Forests instead.

Soul Sand Valleys are home to skeletons, but are the easiest place to find Soulsand, which can be used to build bubble columns, Withers, or to grow Nether wart.

The Warped Forrest biome in Minecraft's Nether.
Warped Forests are the safest part of the Nether.

New Blocks

There are also a number of new blocks and items included in the 1.16 update. From redstone contraptions to new plants, there’s something for everyone in this patch. You can view the full list of new blocks below.

  • Target blocks: Can be hit with an arrow fired from a bow to activate a redstone signal.
  • Crimson Stems and Warped Stems: New wood-like materials found in the Nether.
  • Basalt blocks: Similar to pillars, Basalt Blocks can be placed in any direction.
  • Crimson Nylium and Warped Nylium: Nylium are plants found in Crimson or Warped forests.
  • Nether Sprouts, Crimson Roots, and Warped Roots: More vegetation found in the updated Nether.
  • Crimson Fungi and Warped Fungi: Can be grown in Warped and Crimson forests using Bone Meal.
  • Weeping Vines: Vines that grow from the bottom of a block.
  • Shroomlights: A new natural light source.
  • Soul Soil: When set on fire, the flames burn blue.
  • Warped Warts: Decorative block.

Mr Beast gives away $10k in most ridiculous Minecraft challenge yet

Published: 28/Nov/2020 13:12

by Daniel Cleary


YouTube star Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson has given away another massive prize worth $10,000 to one random player in his latest Minecraft survival challenge.

Mr Beast is one of the biggest content creators on YouTube and is well known for his generosity, giving hundreds of thousands of dollars away to strangers in some of his past uploads.

During his latest video on his gaming channel, Mr Beast Gaming, the YouTuber revealed that he would be hosting a bizarre Minecraft challenge with a whopping $10,000 Subway gift card up for grabs.

Mr beast hosting a challenge video
Mr Beast, YouTube
Mr Beast has hosted plenty of unique challenge videos on his YouTube channel.

In one of his most ridiculous challenges yet, Mr Beast explained that this survival challenge would have plenty of interesting twists and turns before the winner was decided.

While it appeared to start off as a regular Minecraft ‘Hunger Games’ match, Mr Beast did not tell those participating that, instead of the border closing in on them from all sides, lava would begin to fill the map from down below.

This secret change seemed to catch plenty of players off-guard, after many of them immediately trekked down to the mines, in an attempt to gear up with diamond armor and equipment.

Mr Beast, who was spectating all of the action from above, would also spice things up by dropping rare pieces of equipment in front of a group to incentivize more fights.

In another twist, the YouTuber shared that the final player standing would not win anything, and that the full $10,000 Subway gift card would go to the person in 2nd place instead.

The final stage of the challenge was extremely close, with the last few players all falling into the lava at the exact same time. It was AltirixGaming though, the one who managed to claim the $10,000 prize.

Mr Beast has hosted other unique challenges on the sandbox title, such as his recent video where he gathered more players for an epic $50,000 Minecraft building competition.